Showdown (The Isley Brothers album)

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Studio album by The Isley Brothers
Released April 22, 1978
Recorded 1978
Studio Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York
Genre Soul, Funk
Length 41:50
Label T-Neck Records
Producer The Isley Brothers
The Isley Brothers chronology
Go for Your Guns
(1977)Go for Your Guns1977

Showdown is the sixteenth album released by The Isley Brothers on their T-Neck imprint in April 22, 1978.

The album was remastered and expanded for inclusion in the 2015 released CD box set The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters, 1959-1983.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [2]

Spawning the #1 funk/disco hit, "Take Me to the Next Phase" and the top 20 R&B slower, "Groove With You", the album became another platinum album for the Isleys. Though not released as a single, the smooth funk jam "Coolin' Me Out" was also a hit.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, Chris Jasper, Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley and Ronald Isley.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Showdown (Part 1 & 2)" 5:25
2. "Groove with You" 4:52
3. "Ain't Givin' Up No Love" 4:42
4. "Rockin' with Fire (Part 1 & 2)" 5:57
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Take Me to the Next Phase (Part 1 & 2)" 5:10
6. "Coolin' Me Out (Part 1 & 2)" 6:03
7. "Fun and Games" 4:41
8. "Love Fever (Part 1 & 2)" 5:00



Chart (1978) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[3] 4
Billboard Top Soul Albums[3] 1


Year Single Chart positions[4]
1978 "Take Me to the Next Phase" 1
"Groove with You" 16

Samples & Covers[edit]

  • Warren G sampled "Coolin' Me Out" on his song "Smokin' Me Out" on his album Take a Look Over Your Shoulder in 1997.
  • Chapter Four (R&B band) sampled and interpolated "Groove With You" on their song "Fool With You" on their self-titled hit single and music video in 2006.
  • Isaac 2 Isaac also sampled "Groove With You" on their song "Ol' Skool" on the Russell Simmons' Def Jam soundtrack album compilation The Show in 1995.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. The Isley Brothers: Showdown > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 03 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  3. ^ a b "The Isley Brothers US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  4. ^ "The Isley Brothers US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-03.